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Charles Castronovo

Tenor

Biography

Charles Castronovo in action.
Charles Castronovo in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

American tenor Charles Castronovo made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and has since sung Alfredo Germont (La traviata), Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ruggero Lastouc (La rondine), Rodolfo (La bohème) and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for The Royal Opera. He returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Alfredo Germont.

Castronovo was born in New York to Sicilian and Ecuadorian parents and grew up in Southern California. He studied at California State University, Fullerton, and began his career as a member of the chorus of Los Angeles Opera. In 1988 he joined San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and later joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He now sings regularly for major opera houses around the world, including Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra, La Monnaie, Brussels, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. His repertory also includes Don José (Carmen), Chevalier des Grieux (Manon), Werther, Vincent (Mireille), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Giasone (Medea), Admète (Alceste), Faust (Faust, Mefistofele and La Damnation de Faust), Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia), Roberto (Roberto Devereux), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) and the title role in La clemenza di Tito. He created the role of Mario Ruoppolo (Catán’s Il postino) opposite Plácido Domingo in Los Angeles, and has since performed the role in Paris and Santiago de Chile.

Castronovo’s recordings include a DVD of Il postino and a CD of Neapolitan songs.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Katie Mitchell on Lucia di Lammermoor 'My focus is 100% on the female characters'

11 March 2016
Watch: Katie Mitchell on <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em> 'My focus is 100% on the female characters'

The director on her feminist take on Donizetti, and an innovative split-stage design.

Watch: Lucia di Lammermoor live-streamed Insight event

10 March 2016
Watch: <em>Lucia di Lammermoor</em> live-streamed Insight event

Join Director Katie Mitchell and other members of the cast and creative team for a glimpse of the new production before opening night.

Your Reaction: La bohème 2014

10 July 2014
Your Reaction: La bohème 2014

What did you think of John Copley's much-loved production of Puccini's great romance?

Photos

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont, Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont, Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Catherine Carby as Annina in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont and Thomas Atkins as Gastone de Letorières in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont and Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Kwangchul Youn, Charles Castronovo, Diana Damrau, Ludovic Tézier in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Taylor Stayton, Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau, Charles Castronovo in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau, Charles Castronovo in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Albina Shagimuratova and Charles Castronovo in Die Zauberflöte, The Royal Opera

Sally Matthews, Nino Surguladze, Charles Castronovo and Troy Cook in Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera

Daniel Grice as Schaunard, Jongmin Park as Colline, Markus Werba as Marcello and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Markus Werba as Marcello in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème

Ermonela Jaho as Mimì and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Ruggero Lastouc and Angela Gheorghiu as Magda de Civry in La rondine

Charles Castronovo as Ruggero Lastouc in La rondine

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont and Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont, Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry, Catherine Carby as Annina and Simon Shibambu as Doctor Grenvil in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo Germont in La traviata, The Royal Opera

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo, Peter Hoare, Ludovic Tézier in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo, Diana Damrau, Ludovic Tézier, Kwangchul Youn in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Charles Castronovo and Diana Damrau in Katie Mitchell’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Simona Mihai as Musetta, Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème

Donald Maxwell as Alcindoro, Simona Mihai as Musetta, Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo and Ermonela Jaho as Mimì in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo, Markus Werba as Marcello, Ermonela Jaho as Mimì, Daniel Grice as Schaunard, and Jongmin Park as Colline in La bohème

Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème

Jonhmin Park as Colline, Markus Werba as Marcello, Jeremy White as Benoît, Daniel Grice as Schaunard and Charles Castronovo as Rodolfo in La bohème